Students at North Branch School in Afton have been bringing gently used shoes and socks to school as part of a Shoe Drive for school children in Afghanistan. During a school-wide assembly, fifth grade student Jay Rothenberger asked his classmates to help his church—St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Scottsville—collect shoes and socks for children in Kabul.
St. Anne’s parishioner Cathy Russo learned of the shoe need from her son, Lt. Matt Russo, who visited an elementary school in Kabul. Lt. Russo found a school with no heat, broken windows, and a playground consisting of two swing sets but no swings. The children were wearing sandals, although the temperature was below freezing.
North Branch students collected approximately 60 pairs of shoes and boots and over 30 pairs of socks to send with the collection from St. Anne’s. North Branch teacher Michael Donegan used the stories and pictures of the students in Kabul to further his students’ study of Afghanistan. His class was surprised to learn that only one out of every five girls attend school in Afghanistan.